In October 2015, Black Wall Street North Carolina (BWS) launched the inaugural Black Wall Street: Homecoming to celebrate the rich history and entrepreneurial spirit woven into the Durham, NC tapestry. BWS Homecoming proved to be a unique story that grabbed national attention.


The three-day, city-wide event brought forward over $100MM in VC networks, seven early stage pitches, panel discussions, 400+ direct program engagements and long-lasting professional connections. In response to the success of the Black Wall Street: Homecoming event, the model to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship within diverse, multicultural communities was expanded to two new markets: Austin, TX and Washington, DC. This expanded footprint serves to further engage national industry influencers, BWS thought leaders and respected startup advisers, ultimately leading to meaningful exits and the exploration of deals outside the normal pipeline and referral sources
BWS is a Non-Profit Organization.

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Four Days --- Endless Opportunities

2016 Dates

Washington DC - Friday July 8, 2016

Durham - October 12-14, 2016.

Meet the Team

These local leaders' efforts have made this event series possible.


Jesica Averhart

Director of Community Partnerships and New Business Development for American Underground, home to over 250 startup companies across 100,000 square feet of space, Jesica bridges the relationships between the good work taking place within the community (both public and private) and the innovation taking place daily between companies. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse NC, Housing for New Hope, Durham Art Guild, and Youth Villages.


Talib Graves-Manns

Co-owner of PointAB, Talib Graves-Manns is the Entrepreneur in Residence with Google for Entrepreneurs and Code2040 at the American Underground in Durham. “Talib is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, with deep Durham roots and a self-described “Blue-Blood Hustle” — a desire to build businesses and increase the access to capital for innovative start-ups and traditional businesses. Talib is the Co-Founder of two businesses: Point AB, and Life on Autopilot.


Tobias Rose

Principal and Creative Director of Kompleks Creative, a Downtown Durham communications agency specializing in graphic design and web development, as well as digital marketing and strategy. Tobias founded Kompleks ten years ago with the goal of developing a studio with a heavy focus on exploring innovative creative solutions. He also teaches at UNC Chapel Hill and serves on the Board of Directors for the John Avery Boys and Girls Club, The Board of Visitors for the NCCU College of Arts and Sciences, and, on the Regional Advisory Board for the National Society of Black Engineers.


Dee McDougal

VP Marketing + Communications at Square 1 Bank, a leading provider of banking services to entrepreneurs and their investors. A passionate, achievement-driven communications leader with nearly 15 years of experience across banking, financial services and real estate industries, Dee plans, develops and delivers strategic communications programs that drive business results, increase brand awareness and reinforce company culture. She serves on the PR/Marketing Committee for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Durham, and is President of a local youth track & field club, Hurdles First.

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